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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Dr. Dre TV Series Rejected

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Dr. Dre's TV plans hit a bump in the road. On Saturday (Sept. 22), the Wall Street Journal reported that Vital Signs, which is a semi-autobiographical drama Dre produced for Apple, was rejected by Apple CEO Tim Cook for being too violent.

Apparently Cook saw the six-episode series himself before telling Interscope Cofounder and current Apple exec Jimmy Iovine that the show featured too much violent content. In addition to gun violence, the show also includes scenes with cocaine use and at least one orgy. Neither Dre nor Cook have spoken about the show's apparent rejection.

Vital Signs was originally announced back in the winter of 2016 and it's been revealed that Michael K. Williams, Sam Rockwell and Ian McShane were stars on the show. At the time, it was reported that each episode of the series was supposed to be "focusing on a different emotion and how Dre's character deals with it."

We may not be getting to see Vital Signs, but at least more of Dre's handy work will make its way into the world soon.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Apple And Dr. Dre

+Apple iPhone and iPad Apps, News and Updates and new music mogul +Dr Dre both have a new bio. Now that Apple has officially purchased Beats Music and Beats Electronics, we are left to ponder its broader meanings as the man who once rapped about gangbanging and reefer now becomes a high-profile Apple employee. I believe the deal symbolizes the possible end of an era: an end to Apple as an innovative brand, and a farewell to Dr. Dre as a music maker.

The acquisition is widely viewed as Apple playing catch-up to streaming services such as Spotify and Pandora. Apple’s own press release stressed the importance of Beats Music. As a sign of respect for the Beats brand (and lack of belief in its own), Apple will keep the subscription Beats Music intact, alongside Apple’s own iTunes Radio. Beats Music has hardly taken the world by storm as a streaming competitor to Spotify and Pandora since being launched in January 2014. But Apple Insider reports that the service has a strong conversion rate, with the vast majority of tracks being streamed by paying customers. Meantime, iTunes, which relies on a download model, has seen its sales slump as consumers latch on to streaming services. iTunes Radio, Apple’s answer to streaming, has yet to take hold.

Mark Zuckerberg was riding the momentum of a business built off one compelling idea, that as naturally social creatures, human beings would flock to a digital place where we could emulate our offline social behaviors online. But on top of the core innovation of launching Facebook, Zuckerberg’s massive wealth, and Facebook’s phenomenal growth, was built off pedestrian advertising programs and ongoing tweaks to the core product as opposed to anything newsworthy.
Today Facebook seems to be setting the pace by buying into innovation. And now Apple, having failed to capture our imagination with daring new products in the post-Jobs era, is following Facebook’s lead by doing the same. Earlier this year, Facebook announced the purchase of messenger service WhatsApp for $19 billion, thus acquiring the most popular messaging app for smartphones and a potential rival. Within weeks, Facebook announced another major acquisition, this time shelling out $2 billion for virtual reality firm Oculus. The two acquisitions were but the latest in a long list of examples of Zuckerberg using cash, not innovation from within, to grow.

Under the Tim Cook era, the Apple brand has gradually lost its luster in the innovation department, with the iPad Mini and iPhone 5 coming across as marginal product enhancements as opposed to the major breakthroughs in design and functionality that once disrupted entire industries. Meantime, Apple has complemented its product enhancements with acquisitions: PrimeSense, an Israeli 3D sensing company, Embark, a mapping company, and now Beats.

Even during the Steve Jobs glory years, Apple’s innovations were not always homegrown. For instance, Apple’s own GarageBand app was fueled by the acquisition of Nothing Real and Shake, and of course Apple purchased Jobs’s own NeXT Computer. But the acquisitions contributed to in-house innovations, whereas acquisition seems to be Apple’s sole innovation strategy today.

Dre has come along way since he helped introduced American music fans to the rough, brutally violent gangsta rap genre during his days with NWA in the early 1990s. Through his own music recordings, production work, and business operations, he’s created a legacy of a hybrid artist and music mogul. He helped popularize (and shape) the music of huge hip-hop stars such as Eminem and Snoop Dogg through his studio collaborations, and in the 1990s, he released two stunning albums of his own material, The Chronic and The Chronic 2001. If his music was frequently X-rated, it was also innovative, powerful, and critically acclaimed. But in the 2000s, he released not a single album’s worth of music although he was said to be working on the long-awaited Detox, which has yet to materialize. Instead he focused on production, collaborating frequently with his alter ego Eminem, 50 Cent, and a slew of other artists.
But his biggest production occurred in 2008 with the rollout of Beats by Dr. Dre headphones, a high-end, expensive product that made headphones sexy. With his focus shifting toward building the Beats brand with co-founder Jimmy Iovine, his production work diminished. Detox has become rap’s answer to Guns ‘n Roses’s Chinese Democracy: forever in production, never released. Rappers such as Game question whether Detox will ever be released.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Introducing Suave Churchill

Suave” Churchill, founder and CEO MONSTA SQUADD PRODUCTIONZ (www.monstasquaddproductionz.com) and currently president at Rick Ross Music Group, has been in the industry well over 20 years.  He started out as an artist with the group "Nina Mobb" and was signed to the Freeway Rick Ross label “Freeway Academy” and eventually decided he would like to be behind the scenes some years later.  In the mid 90's Suave joined the Priority Records street team pushing artist such as Mack 10, Bad Azz, Snoop Dogg, All Frum Tha I, Dr Dre etc.

In 1998 he became head of promotion for FunkCave Records, and shortly after the Vice President of Deep In The Game Records, working with artist such as E-40, Kokane, Spice1, KMG of Above The Law, Deep In The Game Affiliatez and Justified. Suave broadest moment came when he witnessed Dr Dre working on the first "Chronic album" at Dick Griffey studio Solar Hines, which inspired Suave to take command of an organization after witnessing the history of the making of Dr. Dre.

Suave dabbled in management with his first artist Krook, a West Coast R&B sensation in 2003 whom worked with many West Coast artists such as Tha DoggPound. He then later moved to Sacramento California 2005 when the Northern California scene started booming and hooked up with Redderick Lewis aka Pug, the CEO and founder of Outta Bounds Entertainment Group.  Redderick introduced Suave to artists such as Messy Marv, C-Bo,Young Meek, Brotha Lynch Hung, Homocide, Bumpin T, Ms Marvaless, T-Nutty, Mac Dre and Ole E & Redrum.

Presently Suave is affiliated with one of the industry guru's Tiffany Gaines, to which he is learning the in-depth angle of the corporate side.  Suave also connected with Eric Robinson, which introduced him to the black college scene by bringing him on as the West Coast Regional Manager for Grooveline Magazine, providing him the opportunity to tour the entire black college circuit with major artist.

Although Suave has been in the game many years he's always open for advice and willing to learn something new every single day.  Growing up in Pomona California, Suave was surrounded by great talent whether it was sports or entertainment. He was influenced by many hometown icons such as Suga Free, Kokane, Above The Law, Sugar Shane Mosley, Greg Ballard, Marvin Mattox and the list goes on.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Hip Hop's First Billionaire

+Forbes Magazine may have to change their numbers due to producer, beat maker, inventor, investor +Dr Dre being nominated for +Hip Hop Music first billionaire. Dr. Dre leapfrogged Jay Z in FORBES’ latest rankings of hip-hop’s richest artists, claiming the number two position as his net worth soared to an estimated $550 million. Now it looks like the Beats cofounder could lay claim to the top spot in a matter of days.

Financial Times reported that Apple AAPL -0.42% was in talks to buy Beats for $3.2 billion; the deal would be the computer giant’s largest acquisition ever. Dre’s stake in Beats currently stands at somewhere around 20-25%; we valued the company at $2 billion in our latest round of estimates.

A sale for $3.2 billion would nearly double the value of Dre’s holdings, though capital gains taxes could take a bite out of his big payday, likely leaving him with a net worth in the neighborhood of $800 million. It’s not quite enough to land on the Forbes 400, but it would easily make him hip-hop’s richest man, topping current champion Diddy by $100 million.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Diddy Reigns Supreme As Hip-Hop Cash Kings

Forbes is back with their Hip-Hop Cash Kings list, and for the second consecutive year, Diddy reigns supreme. The hip-hop mogul sits atop the list, raking in a cool $62 million over the past year. Much of the money isn't from music, but rather his very lucrative Ciroc vodka deal and other ventures. However, he hasn't let the stage entirely as his Bad Boy Reunion Tour runs through the fall.

Coming in second is Jay Z, earning $53.5 million over the past year. Hov cashed in on his Roc Nation entertainment company, Armand de Brignac champagne, D’Ussé cognac and other ventures. Rounding out the top three is Dr. Dre, pulling in $41 million. Its been two years since he scored the highest single-year payday in history for any living celebrity, mostly from Apple's $3 billion Beats buyout. Though he's no longer No. 1 like he was in 2014, he's still pocketing cash from the deal and from NWA's biopic Straight Outta Compton.

Since 2007, the first year of the Hip-Hop Cash Kings list, three of the top earners have remained the same. Ten years ago Jay Z topped the genre’s high earners with $34 million, ahead of third-ranked Diddy ($28 million) and Dr. Dre (No. 5, $20 million). Ten years later, those three still comprise the top spots, though in 2016 each one more than doubled their dollar take-homes from 2007′s tally. Over the last decade, Dre is the highest-earning hip-hop act with $923 million pretax, Jay Z is ranked second with $501.5 million, and Diddy is third with $435 million.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

LeBron James Will Make $30 Million From Dr. Dre

Dr. Dre wasn’t the only one who walked away with a wad of cash from his record-breaking deal with Apple. LeBron James has also reportedly cashed out, raking in a cool $30 million from Beats Electronics being bought by the tech tycoon.

James bargained for a small stock in the Beats company back in 2008 in exchange for promoting the Beats by Dre headphones. That has translated into the profit he now earns from the Apple deal, in the form of stocks and cash, according to an ESPN story:

“While James was leading the Heat to a victory over the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference finals, sources say the 29-year-old was finalizing what is believed to be the biggest equity cash payout for a professional athlete in history as part of Apple’s recent $3 billion purchase of Beats Electronics. Sources briefed on the situation say James realized a profit of more than $30 million in cash and stock in the Beats sale after he had struck a deal to get a small stake in the company at its inception in 2008 in exchange for promoting its high-end headphones.”

Friday, May 30, 2014

Apple Buys Beats Conformation

The official Beats By Dre Twitter account confirmed reports of the deal being official with a simple, clever tweet. +Applenws has bought Beats from +Dr Dre. The business deal that sent both the business and hip-hop world into a frantic frenzy has officially gone through, despite reports surfacing over the weekend of several snags, including a citation of premature announcemenet, that put the deal in jeopardy. 

Dr. Dre & Jimmy Iovine both became Apple executives, as the cellphone and software company officially acquires Beat Music for a whopping 3 billion dollars (2.6 billion in cash, 400 million in equities), and they pose alongside Apple CEO Tim Cook, and another Apple executive in charge of internet services, Eddy Cue, in an era-defining photograph.

John Janick, who has already practically been running Interscope’s day-to-day operations (according to a Billboard report), is Jimmy Iovine’s hand-picked successor at Interscope, and once Iovine has made his full transition from label exec to Apple power-player, Janick will be handed the reigns of one of music’s most powerful and successful labels, especially as of late.

Thursday, September 23, 2021

What Happened To Lady of Rage

 


In the 90s, Dr. Dre was laying the foundation for his illustrious career, producing many hit records and working with some of the most respected artists in the game. It goes without saying that Dr. Dre has always kept his ear to the streets and is partly responsible for the rise of many MC’s. 

Monday, September 14, 2020

Will Kanye West Surpass Jay-Z?


For the better part of hip-hop’s existence, it was solely considered a genre of music. We now recognize the larger cultural movement surrounding the New York-bred art form as a leading force driving growth in fashion, entertainment, food and beverage, and technology. As a result, the top 10 highest earners of 2019 on Forbes’ annual list of hip-hop’s richest account for a staggering $633,500,000 in combined earnings. And for the first time in his career, Kanye West ($150 million) has outpaced the rest of his competitors to take the top spot — leapfrogging JAY-Z by $69 million.

It was certainly a banner year for West, especially considering he claimed to be $56 million in debt just over three years ago. While earning the top spot is certainly noteworthy, his income jumped dramatically between 2018 and 2019, accounting for a net increase of $122,500,000. Although the entire industry had a great year — with the top 20 acts’ revenue increasing by 33 percent since 2018 — the huge financial increase poses an interesting question: with an album on the way, YEEZY accounting for $1.5 billion in annual sales, and a track record of exploring radical projects, will Kanye West be joining JAY-Z in the billionaire’s club?

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

The Insane Lavish Lifestyle Of Eminem


Eminem is known as one of the most-controversial and best-selling artists of the early 21st century.

A stylized letter F. Rapper Eminem has an estimated net worth of $190 million. He makes an estimated $10 to $15 million per year. Most of his profits have come from touring, but he's also dabbled in film and has released multiple albums.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

How Did Eazy-E Really Die?


I believe it's time for a new investigation to start in the death of late rapper Easy-E. It has been know for years that the rapper died of AIDS, but new evidence is emerging that states otherwise.

Without Eazy-E, the rap world might look substantially different today. In fact, we may have never heard of rappers like Dr. Dre and Ice Cube. And the trajectory of ‘gangsta rap’ would have been entirely different.

Despite being mired in controversy, Eazy-E’s legacy remains massive. But while he was alive, Eazy-E’s life resembled a war zone. The rapper had dangerous beefs involving rival members of N.W.A, most notably Dr. Dre and Ice Cube.  Those eventually ebbed, though the list of other sworn (and armed) enemies was extensive.

Simply put, a lot of people wanted Eazy-E dead. Others had outright threatened to murder the Compton rapper. And like many high-profile gangsta rappers, the threat of death and violence constantly hovered.

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So how did Eazy-E really die?


Eazy-E’s daughter, Ebie Wright, has been attempting to answer that very question. Last month, she started raising funds to launch a serious investigation into this issue.  Ebie simply disagrees with the long-held belief that Eric Wright contracted AIDS through unprotected sex. And many in the hip-hop world agree.

What were the elements of the cover-up? In the video, Ebie laid out the following issues, all of which suggest a coordinated effort.

1. The AIDS diagnosis was revealed just three weeks before Eazy-E’s death.

2. The rapper was sequestered in a remote ward of the hospital, with most unable to visit.

3. Eazy-E’s attorney of just two months drafted a will while the rapper lay on his deathbed.

4. A ‘secret marriage’ was arranged just 12 days before Eazy’s death.

5. One week before Eazy’s death, Wright’s estate was looted of valuable possessions.

6. After Eric Wright’s death, one person walked away with everything, according to Ebie. That’s most likely a reference to Tomika Woods-Wright, who married Eazy-E moments before his death.

Eric Wright’s death was astoundingly quick, even for someone suffering from the virus in the 1990s.  Fans were quick to contrast Eazy’s fate to that of Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson, who was found carrying HIV in 1991. After discovering the virus in November of that year.

But Magic was still alive nearly four years later. Of course, he’s still alive today.  Even Arthur Ashe carried HIV for more than five years before passing away in February of 1993. So how is it possible that Eazy-E succumbed to the illness so quickly?

One longtime theory is that the conspirators used a purposeful, lethal injection.  That includes the belief that Eazy-E was injected with HIV after suffering a motorcycle accident. “I think they were giving him tainted needles with the AIDS virus through acupuncture,” said Frost, a Ruthless rapper. “Because how else could somebody die that fast of AIDS?”


Here’s the interview with Frost, which offers a telling revelation from someone close to the situation. Frost was part of the documentary, For The Record: The Story of Latinos in Hip Hop.

But that is only one possible theory. A malicious injection may have been the real murder weapon. And it’s just as deadly as a gun. But who administered the poison?

The rapper Eazy’s surviving son alleges that Suge Knight coordinated the murder, and even bragged about it. Marquis cited a recent interview between the notoriously violent rap manager and Jimmy Kimmel:

“This the new thing, right? So, if somebody gonna do something to somebody, technology is so high, right? So, you shoot somebody, you go to jail forever,” Knight said. “Kids, you don’t want to go to jail forever, right? So, they got this new thing out, people sell ’em all the time.  They get this stuff they call — they get blood from somebody with AIDS. And then they shoot you with it.  That’s the slow death.”

Others agree, noting that AIDS simply doesn’t kill that quickly. Eazy-E simply went too fast, with too few symptoms. Among the leading skeptics are rapper B.G. Knocc Out, who collaborated with Eazy-E in the years leading up to his death. Most notably, B.G. appeared on the Eazy-E track, “Real Muthaphuckkin G’s,” released in 1993.

B.G. also toured and recorded with Wright during that period. And according to B.G., Eric Wright appeared healthy for most of the last three years of his life. “I believe in my heart somebody did something to Eric,” B.G. told Hip Hop DX.


Problematically, these events transpired more than twenty years ago.  And that makes it incredibly difficult to unearth records and communications pertinent to the case. Authorities like the LAPD have not followed any leads, and this case has long gone cold. Statutes of limitations also start to apply after longer periods of time, making this an incredibly difficult undertaking.

Another major complication is the death of Heller himself, who recently passed at age 75. Heller undoubtedly had knowledge and resources to properly pursue this matter. But Ebie indicated that a number of Wright’s older associates are now willing to speak out.  Many of those come from within the hip-hop community.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Snoop Dogg Receives Star On Hollywood Walk Of Fame


The honor arrives nearly 25 years after the “Peaches And Cream” rapper introduced himself Snoop Dogg to the music industry with his debut album Doggystyle. Since then, the veteran artist went on to rack up awards, star in films, and host an Emmy-nominated show alongside Martha Stewart.

Snoop Dogg will now be referred to as the 2,651st recipient of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The ceremony took place on Monday (Nov. 19) in the “Gin & Juice” rapper’s home state of California. At the start of his speech, the 47-year-old artist gave praise to Warren G, his family, his wife, and the battle rappers he encountered on his rise to fame.


“Snoop is a multi-talent: rapper, songwriter, record producer, TV host, actor, author, entrepreneur,” Kimmel said before comically adding that Snoop won the Nobel Peace Prize for combining gin and juice. “You crossed over color lines, you crossed over genre lines before almost anyone else in hip-hop did that. You put the O-G in D-O-double-G and I know you won’t remember any of this in half an hour but you’ve been such a good friend to me and I want to say congratulations and thank you.”


Dr. Dre also took to the podium, stating that almost 30 years as partners in music, he and Snoop have developed a bond that extends far beyond the studio. “I had no idea how I was going to do it, how it was going to get done, and them boom, here comes Snoop,” Dre said on putting together his The Chronic album. “A true diamond in the rough. Snoop is just pure raw talent. Nobody sounds like Snoop, and when he opens his mouth you know exactly who it is.”

Fellow Walk of Famer Quincy Jones also congratulated everyone’s favorite uncle for his prowess since the days of Doggystyle to serving as a beacon of entrepreneurship for young people. “It was 25 years ago, but it seems only yesterday that you and your crew were hanging at my house. I wasn’t even in town, but it’s alright though,” he said to laughs. “Because you were family then and you are family now and forever, eternally. How magnificent your journey has been from St. Louis to Long Beach to Hollywood.”

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

#BringItBack Kendrick Lamar - Ignorance Is Bliss #Throwback

 


The eighth track on Kendrick Lamar’s first full-length mixtape, Overly Dedicated, is titled after a popular idiom which translates to “what you don’t know can’t hurt you.” Kendrick raps the first verse without taking a single breath. This has become something of a habit for Kendrick Lamar as he repeated this feat on 2010’s “Look Out For Detox” and 2011’s “Rigamortus.”

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Ice Cube Talks Eminem

 


Though Eminem has collaborated on wax with a variety of Up In Smoke Tour veterans — including Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg, and Xzibit —  there was one key figure with whom he never linked. Though Em did mention Ice Cube in his beloved “Renegade” closing verse, he never actually linked up with the NWA lyricist. 

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Ganksta C - For Ma Family

 

Ganksta C showcases impressive flow against old-school vibe on latest hit single ‘For Ma Family’ 

 

DALLAS, TX – Eddie Carey has always been the kind of guy you just want to hang out with because he’s happy and fun and makes you smile when he talks. He tells great stories and just has a carefree, laid-back personality – all of which he showcases on his new single, “For Ma Family.”  

Saturday, July 31, 2021

Adam Nuckels - King Is Home

 


Adam Nuckels finds life post-pandemic with genre-bending new single ‘King Is Home’

Pittsburgh, PA– In the words of veteran Adam Nuckels, “Post military life has had it’s challenges.” Having served two tours of duty in the Middle East during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom – and 12 years of service in total – Nuckels left the military in November 2017 facing an uncertain future.  A close friend, Dustin Ionadi, had passed from a rare form of brain cancer after serving his time in Iraq and Afghanistan, and between that tragedy and the mental challenges from which Nuckels suffered, life was extremely difficult. Like many other veterans struggling with similar issues, Nuckels at first turned to alcohol to numb the pain. His depression deepened and he even attempted suicide multiple times. The journey got dark at times, but along the way he found some great support and has pro-actively been working toward full mental and physical recovery. One of the biggest things to help him through has been creating music.

Saturday, June 19, 2021

Holland Izz (@Iaintthesame_) - "Hit The Spot"

South Central's newest purveyor of high vibrational Funk frequencies, Holland Izz, has connected with multi-platinum producer DeeJayWess and L.A. artist MCMRaymond for his in-pocket bop "Hit The Spot." Equipped with waist-stirring bass guitar riffs, Holland Izz electrifies "Hit The Spot" with his patented synthesized vocals and stripped-down stylistic flows. "Do anything jus to hit the spot," Izz croons on the opening chorus. Holland Izz broke out in 2019 immediately following the release of his 11-track Stay Sunny album, and maintained the momentum up through 2021 via a string of singles such as his recent "Don't Take My Style" offering. In a recent episode of Zane Lowe's apple music radio show, the New Zeland-bred, U.K.-based broadcaster compared Holland Izz' music to the 80's era of disco-tech fusion permeating from South Central L.A. — which was later popularized by artists such as Dr. Dre and Eazy-E and ended up serving as the founding bedrock of Gangsta Rap music. "Compton is going back to like mid-to-late 80's Compton right now," Zane says in the clip.

Monday, June 7, 2021

Snoop Dogg To Join Def Jam label

 


Snoop Dogg is getting ready to bark out orders at Def Jam Recordings — he's joining the label as an executive creative and strategic consultant.

Friday, May 7, 2021

Nas or Eminem

 


Celebrity Match Up is back with another topic for all you hip hop lovers. This time, we would like to know who would you place as your top artist out of Nas or Eminem. Most fans of there music would say they would love to see the two together on a track someday while others may argue.


Before we get into the discussion, lets do a little background check on the two.

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Method Man Talks Snoop Dogg and Eminem Beef

 

Tensions seem to be rising between Snoop Dogg and Eminem. In late Dec. 2020, a feud between the rap legends seemingly started after some comments were made during a radio interview, and over the last few weeks, the tensions have moved from the press to music to social media timelines. 


Snoop Dogg and Eminem have a long history with one another. Both having come up as collaborators with Dr. Dre, the two have crossed paths many times over the years, even touring together and collaborating on records like “Bitch Please II.” History and mutual friendships aside, a storyline that began as an offhand comment has continued to develop for weeks. To keep you up to speed, here’s a breakdown of the recent feud between Snoop Dogg and Eminem.

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